Monday, October 11, 2010

30 Simple Things

I ran a bath this morning at 5:30 a.m.
and I thought to myself how absolutely
wonderful a bath can be.

A tub full of warm water
is such a simple thing!

And it made me realize that
the world is so full of simple things.
We are usually too busy thinking
about the complicated things-
that we sometimes take simplicity for granted.

I love these simple things:

1. The fragrance and convenience of liquid hand soap

2. Pull tab soup cans

3. My sister paying me with her special tuna salad
whenever I highlight her hair

4. A new magazine

5. Clean sheets and pillow cases

6. The sound of walking through autumn leaves

7. Downy fresh towels

8. New underwear and socks

9. Popcorn and a good DVD

10. Sweet music

11. Birds playing in rain puddles

12. Morning coffee

13. A soft robe

14. An unexpected kiss

15. Greeting cards

16. A positive bank balance

17. Making plans

18. A phone call from my sisters

19. A comment on my blog

20. Crab rangoon

21. Freshly vacuumed carpet

22. Hot chocolate with marshmallows

23. New porch decor

24. A lilac/tangerine/baby blue/sunrise

25. Good health

26. Seashells

27. Holding my husband's hand

28. A new tablecloth

29. Laughter

30. A full moon

May your day be rich with simple things...
And consider these quotes about embracing simplicity:

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.  ~Charles Dudley Warner

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.  ~Robert Brault

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants.  Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.  ~Donald Horban

Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.  ~Robert Brault